Vortex Staff 2020-2021

Editor-in-Chief / Emma Lassiter

Associate Editor / Gabrielle Elaine Thurman

Copy Editor / Anna Van

Layout Editor / Paige Hooten

Social Media and Marketing Manager / Brittany Pauly

Art Editor / Maegan Wise

Art Judges / Amy Ling, Jamie Mullins, Anastassiya Selezneva

Digital Media Editor / Madison Esteves

Digital Media Judges / Jordan Jackson, Amy Ling, Maegan Wise

Fiction Editor / Thomas Douglas

Fiction Readers / Savanna Gauthier, Annie Grimes, Nicole Hunt, Jordan Jackson, Jamie Mullins, Haley Riggs

Nonfiction Editor / Stephanie Meador

Nonfiction Readers / Alyssa Donato, Savanna Gauthier, Eddy Guinee, Haley Riggs

Poetry Editor / Nicole Vincent

Poetry Readers / Jazmyne Black, Eden Johnson, Ari Gray, Annie Grimes, Eddy Guinee, Madison Roy

Script Editor / Nicholas Walters

Script Readers / Jazmyne Black, Blake Johnson, Cody Tigue

Faculty Advisor / John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice teaches both graduate and undergraduate students in UCA’s Creative Writing program. His teaching interests include fiction writing, travel writing, and playwriting. His stories, essays, poems, and one-act plays have appeared widely in creative journals, including Sou’wester, Seattle Review, Notre Dame Review, South Carolina Review, and South 85. His recent books include a short story collection called Island Fog (Lavender Ink, 2014) and the historical novel The Last Days of Oscar Wilde (Burlesque Press, 2018). He has also had several one-act plays produced onstage. His novel Nous Nous will be published by Braddock Avenue Books in 2021. More information about him can be found at You can read his blog Payperazzi at